Year 1

22nd March 2019

In Year 1 we have been thrilled to see the ducklings grow.  We all got to see them swim and preen themselves.  This has been really helpful with our non-fiction lessons where we have been writing facts about ducks.  The ducklings have now been picked up by the farmer who will look after them as they grow.

In Maths we have been measuring using non-standard measures and comparing measurements.  We tested this in class and were able to use the rulers to learn a little more about millimetres and centimetres. We used our skills in Science too as we continued to explore the length of shadows that we create.

We are preparing for Easter and have been bringing in our Easter baskets as part of our celebration.  If these are at home, please feel free to send them in when you are ready.  These will then be used as the children's competition entries.

'Congratulations to Jayden this week for showing resilience in his work this week. This week Jayden has impressed his teachers with the amount of effort he has used in all lessons. Jayden has also made a big improvement with his handwriting this week. Well done Jayden. As a reward, Mr Stuck will be going home with you this weekend.'

15th March 2019

In Year 1 we have had an eggs-citing week.  The eggs arrived on Monday and we were hoping to see baby ducklings by Wednesday.  We said a little prayer together to hope for their safe arrival and, sure enough, on Wednesday all six of our eggs hatched into lovely baby ducklings.  They're getting stronger day by day and we will be able to play with them next week.

 We were also lucky enough to receive a visit from Reverend Mark.  He told us more about the Easter story and we reenacted some of the scenes.  Mrs Collier is joining us in class too and we have been very welcoming.  It has been a lovely week full of eggs-tra visitors.

 

'Well done Eva, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you! This week she has shown a brilliant attitude when completing work on the Easter story. She was stuck at first, then she listened to her teacher and showed resilience in her work and managed to finish her Easter story.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Champions.

 

8th March 2019

In Year 1 we have been learning lots about Lent.  We understand why we have pancake day and explored Ash Wednesday.  We had pancakes in school and went to church for an Ash Wednesday service. 

On Thursday it was World Book Day!  We enjoyed celebrating all things books and had a fantastic time in school dressed in our super character costumes.  We were very lucky to have a visit from Mark & Monty who shared their new book with us. 

Thank you all for your efforts and support for World Book Day.

 

'Congratulations to Joey this week for showing resilience in his work. Joey was stuck with his writing but he has worked hard and impressed his teachers. Joey has even started to use cursive handwriting! As a reward, he will  be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Well done Joey you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.

1st March 2019

In Year 1 we are exploring the seasons and the weather.  This has been a very interesting week to do just that!   

At the start of the week, we went outside to explore nature and see what we could find in the world around us.  We used this to complete our tally charts and discuss what we were surprised by. 

Towards the end of the week, we looked at changes in the weather and used this to learn more about weather forecasts.  We looked at maps and local forecasts to gather some ideas so that we can plan and prepare our own.

 

'Congratulations Amelie, this week Mr Stuck will be going home with you. Amelie has shown resilience in her work during the week. Well done Amelie! You should be very proud of yourself.' Teja (Growth Mindset Champion) and Eden.

15th February 2019

In Year 1 we have been investigating nature.  We heard that pine cones can tell us a little bit about the weather.  We conducted an experiment to check this.  We noticed how the pine cone protects the seeds and how it would change with different weather. 

We have been talking about the Golden Rule and how important it is to follow it.  This linked to our work on the miracles of Jesus.

 

8th February 2019

In Year 1, we have been managing to catch the nice weather and conduct investigations involving shadows.  We estimated results then tested them.  There were some surprising results so we discussed why this might be to help our predictions in future.

We had a special time celebrating Chinese New Year.  We know about the history of the celebration and why animals are used to represent the years.  We made Chinese lanterns and special wishes so that we could join in with Chinese traditions.

 

'Congratulation Kristen, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Kristen has impressed her teachers during the week and kept going even though she found her work hard to start with. Well done Kristen! Keep up the hard work.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.

1st February 2019

In Year 1, we have been exploring different ways to begin our sentences and finding all ways of creating a sum with three numbers.  We found this quite challenging at first but have worked so hard that we now enjoy the challenge. 

The weather this week has really helped us with our topic work.  It was lovely to watch the snow fall by the window and link this to our lesson.  We enjoyed playing in it too!

 

'Congratulation Lucas, Mr Stuck is going home with you for the weekend. Lucas has shown resilience and kept going in his Maths work. Well done Lucas you should be very proud of yourself.' Hannah and Teja Growth Mindset Champions.

25th January 2019

In Year 1 we have really been challenging ourselves in Maths.  We have resource boxes on every table in our Maths lessons.  These boxes are full of resources that we can choose to help us when we are stuck.  We can use number strings, counters, number shapes or anything that helps us to complete our challenges. 

We have also been learning more about the friends that Jesus made.  We are learning their names and noticed that some of our friends have the same names.  We are talking about what they did, how they met Jesus and how they made friends with him.

 

'Congratulations to Chelsea for showing resilience in her work. She showed positive growth mindset during Maths when she didn't give up. Well done Chelsea.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Bethany.

18th January 2019

In Year 1, we have been learning about the seasons and the changes that happen as day turns into night.  We made moons using our craft skills and named them all.  We have lots of ideas to share so please ask us about this whenever we are out and about.   

We have been writing diary entries for Plop the owl who was afraid of the dark.  We also used it to extend our vocabulary too as we thought of new words for 'happy' and 'sad'.  We are really enjoying this book and can't wait to see if Plop begins to like the dark.

 

'Congratulations to Myla for showing resilience in her work this week. As a special treat she will be taking Mr Stuck home for the weekend. Myla has tried extremely hard and we are all very proud of her.' Hannah (Growth Mindset Champion) and Lily.

11th January 2019

In Year 1 we have been exploring diary entries and learning more about 3D shape.  We have started our new topic of seasons and have been looking at the trees to explore how they show us the changes through the months. 

Finally, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your cards, gifts and kind wishes.

 

'This week Mr Stuck will be going home with Kal for the weekend. Kal has shown hard work and resilience in their Maths work. We are very proud of him. Well done Kal.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives. 

21st December 2018

In Year 1 we have had a very busy week of Christmas fun.  We have sang our hearts out for the Nativity, cheered at the actors in the pantomime and danced away at the Christmas party. 

In class we thought about the gifts that we have and the gifts that we truly wish for (including some extras).  We have made magical reindeer food (this is for magical reindeer to eat only - not for any other animal and not for children).  We have made cards and enjoyed experimenting with the glitter (sorry everyone). 

It has been a fantastic week and a lovely term.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support and to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.

 

14th December 2018

In Year 1 the children have been learning about the Wise Men and considering the gifts that they would give to Jesus.

Rehearsals for the Nativity are well underway and we are all excited for you to share this special moment with us.

We were very lucky to receive another visit from Monty the dog who shared a story with us.

'Congratulations Harry. This week he has had an excellent growth mindset moment during his writing. He should be very proud of himself. He is taking Mr stuck home this week.'Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives 

7th December 2018

This week Year 1 have been busy writing letters to the Jolly Postman about what they remember from the story. In Maths we have been learning how to subtract using their counting beads. In the afternoons they have been learning the meaning of the Epiphany and practising for the Nativity. 

'This week James will be taking Mr. Stuck home with him because he was stuck in English. With some hard work he managed to complete his English work by himself. Congratulations to James from the Growth Mindset Champions.' Teja and Hannah Growth Mindset Representatives 

30th November 2018

In Year 1 we have a new class friend.  Mr Stuck is with us to encourage us to try our best and be resilient.  Sometimes we are faced with a challenge but Mr Stuck is here to remind us that it's ok to feel stuck sometimes and we can still have a go.  He will be coming home each week with children who have shown resilience.  He will be visiting homes with his book so that children can write in his journal to show what he has been up to. 

Mr Stuck was with us when we conducted an investigation in Science.  We were using materials to test which would be the best material to use for a house for the three little pigs.  We used some new scientific vocabulary including transparent, translucent and opaque.  We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Mad Science.  This was big learning but we were resilient and had a go.

"Congratulations to Anna in Year 1 who will be taking Mr. Stuck home for the weekend. She is also taking a book home to tell Year 1 what she has done with him. Anna has won this special treat because she has shown resilience whilst being a bit stuck. She has tried very hard and she should be very proud of herself. In year 1 there are going to be more pupils taking Mr. Stuck home every Friday to take care of him, love him and get help from him." Hannah & Teja Growth Mindset Representatives

28th November 2018

This morning Mr Stuck visited Year 1 and helped some of the children who were 'stuck' in Maths. Mr Stuck encouraged the children to keep going and not give up.

November 2018

Mr Stuck is the ‘dog’ in year 1. He is part of the Growth Mindset team and is there to help children keep going when they encounter a problem.  He encourages them to be resilient and to put 100% effort into an activity and to recognise that they haven’t got there yet but if they keep trying they will!!

 

23rd November 2018

In Year 1 we have been exploring different story settings.  We have looked at different types of setting, compared them and have picked out some brilliant adjectives.  We were also lucky enough to have a tennis taster session with Neil from Robin Park Tennis Centre to stretch our skills and explore new talents.

16th November 2018

In Year 1 we have been joining in with anti-bullying week.  We learnt a lot about respect with some help from Andy and the Odd Socks.  We learnt a new song that helped us to understand the meaning of the word so that we can make sure that we are respectful to everyone we meet so that we can appreciate how unique we all are.

9th November 2018

This week Year 1 have been learning all about Remembrance Sunday. They enjoyed watching a Cbeebies Remembrance day video clip that helped them to learn all about where the poppies first grew on Flanders Field. The children made their own poppies and made their leaf point to 11 o clock. All the children joined in with a minute silence at the end of Celebration assembly.

2nd November 2018

This week in Year 1 we have enjoyed investigating different types of materials. We have learnt the meaning of new words such as 'transparent.'

We have been busy investigating why things float or sink!